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Planning for Examinations and Results

GCSE Maths and English and EPQ Results day for Autumn 2020 exams - Thursday 14 January - Email to be sent to students.

GCSE Results day for Autumn 2020 exams - Thursday 14 February 2021 - Email to be sent to students.

Summer 2021 Exams 

Department for Education (DfE) has announced that GCSE, AS and A-level exams will go ahead next summer – and teachers and students will be given more time to prepare for them, to help make up for the disruption caused by the pandemic. 

Most exams will take place three weeks later than usual. The summer exam series will start on 7 June and end on 2 July for almost all AS and A-levels and GCSEs.

However, one GCSE English and one GCSE maths paper will be scheduled before the summer half term break, to give students affected by Covid the best chance of being able to sit at least one paper in these two qualifications. 

There will be a  Contingency day for GCSE and/or GCE examinations should sustained national or local disruption arise during the June 2021 examination series, but this has yet to be announced.

A & AS Level Results day for Summer 2021 will be on Tuesday 24 August (not Thursday 19 August)

GCSE Results day for Summer 2021 will be on  Friday 27 August (not Thursday 26 August)


On Results Day results are  given to Students in School or/and are emailed out to the student school email accounts.  Students will be informed prior to the Results day how their results will be available to them.

On Results Day if a student requires a posted copy, on Headed paper, of their results they can either send a stamped addressed envelope to the Exams Officer via Reception or email from their school email account giving details of  the name and address where they would like to receive the results.  Please note they will not be posted until the afternoon on Results day

Exam Timetables

The Exam Timetables will be displayed below when they are available;

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Additional Information for candidates documents


Information that all students are required to read at the start of the GCSE / A-level courses

Information for Candidates from Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) on behalf of exam awarding bodies AQA,  Pearson, OCR, WJEC


The Joint Council for QualificationsCIC is a membership organisation comprising the seven largest providers of qualifications in the UK. The JCQ provides a single voice for its members on issues of examination administration and, when appropriate, qualification and wider education policy.  Click here for a link to the JCQ website.

The JCQ 'Information for Candidates must be read by all candidates at the start of their GCSE / A-level courses.   

Coursework and Non-examination Assessments

Some courses include non-examination assessments (NEA's), and coursework.  The marks from these go alongside the marks from final public examinations, to decide the final grade awarded.

Most NEA and coursework  is marked by the student’s teacher, whose marking is then moderated within the Faculty, to ensure consistency across different classes. The exam board then moderate the marking of coursework by re-marking a sample of work from the school, and then adjust the initial marks if needed, before awarding the final mark.

Public Examinations

Before sitting their public exams it is useful for students to re-read the JCQ 'Information for Candidates', particularly the  information on 'Written Exams' and 'Social Media'.  The information should also preferably be read before sitting the PPE's.   (Pre-Public Exams, previously known as Mocks)  

If there is anything that you do not understand, please ask your Tutor or Mrs Rowe in the Exams Office.   

The Warning to cadidatesand  Unauthorised Items Poster  – the warnings must be read by all candidates before they sit their exams, and will be displayed outside the exam room as a reminder.

Please read the Instructions for Candidates from The Castle School before sitting your Pre Public Exams (PPE's) (mocks) and your Public Examinations, this information will also be on the back of your seated timetables.

Failure by students to follow these instructions can result in disqualification (for that qualification, or even from all qualifications in that exam series). So you are advised to read these document carefully.

All schools are required to have an appeals system in place in relation to non-examination  assessments, coursework, and examinations, please see our policies below;

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact our Exams Office on tel: 01454 862133 or email;

Exams Officer - Dawn Rowe.  Email;

Past Papers for revision

To find past papers on the Examination board websites, and for information on our exam subjects, the examination board and the reference code please see the documents below;

For further information on how your child can be supported throughout Year 11 please see the link below;

Exam Certificate collection 

If you need information on collection of Exam Certificates please contact the Exams Officer on the email above.  The last exam season certificates are available from our Reception's;  GCSE Certificates from Park Road Reception, A-Level Certificates from Sixth Form Reception.

Link to our Exam Results page